Mascara is tricky, it’s not a one-size-fits-all beauty product. Some of us are after length, while others want a lash lift in a tube. But we can all agree that a budge-proof formula that washes off in one cleanse without tearing out our eyelashes is a godsend – and with the amount of magic wands on the market you’d think it would be easy to find. But often that’s not the case, so we’ve done the hard work for you trialling and testing all of 2019’s new mascaras. Five wasn’t enough, so here’s our top 7 – one for every day of the week.
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1. L’Oréal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara ($24.95, at Priceline)
When it comes to mascara I look for a tube that enhances the look of my natural lashes without clumping them together. This guy separated my lashes, curled and lengthened them in just a couple of coats. It also lasted through a lunchtime gym session without flaking and when I took my makeup off that night it only required one cleanse which is grounds for taking first place right there.
2. Revlon So Fierce Mascara ($21.95, at Myer)
In second place is the mascara that got my boyfriend to ask me if I was wearing fake lashes. Yep, it was that good. Although it didn’t curl as much I’d like, if you’re after length and separation this is your wand. It did transfer on to my skin a little bit but the glossy pigment-packed colour was worth it.
3. Covergirl Exhibitionist Mascara ($23.95, at Big W)
This tube lives up to the hype. It covered my lashes from root to tip in one swift, slick stroke and gave equal amounts of volume and curl. With a few extra coats you could take this from your daytime tube to your night-out mascara – a double whammy! I like that my lashes look like mine, just better.
4. Givenchy Volume Disturbia ($42, at Sephora)
I wore this for a night out, it gave that blacker-than-black pigment you want in a fancy mascara. Again, this guy adds length and volume but was a bit spikey for me. It didn’t flake or smudge throughout the evening and was easy to remove with water and a reusable makeup remover pad.
5. Bourjois Big Lashes Oh Oui! ($23, at Priceline)
Points here for staying power – it’s treadmill tested and approved. However, I would have liked a more feathery-finish. The formula was a little clumpy too, so precision was tricky and it ended up on more of my eyelids than I would have liked. If you like the spider-lashes from the 90s using the tip of this wand would do the trick.
6. MCoBeauty Double-Ended Fibrelash Mascara ($22, at MCoBeauty)
I liked this tube but not for what it’s intended for. Fibre-building formulas are meant to add volume for a fuller looking finish so I was expecting quite a bit of bulkiness and volume. Instead, my lashes looked super fluffy and natural – which I prefer! But if you were buying this for mega-bulky lashes I think you’d be disappointed.
7. Max Factor Lash Revival ($29.95, at Priceline)
Coming in at number seven is this formula infused with bamboo extract that works to strengthen lashes. The curved bristles are great for building volume and fullness along the roots. As someone who is always in a rush, this was a bit messy but the dark, matte pigment gave my eyes a sexy smudgey look without the need for liner.